20 year-old British Columbian man with undiagnosed condition scheduled to die by euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The story of Eric Coulam, a 20-year-old living in Fort St John British Columbia, who has been approved for MAiD (euthanasia) even though he has an undiagnosed condition, is very upsetting. As reported by Jessica Mundie for the National Post: In 2013, shortly after Coulam lost his …

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Québec’s euthanasia expansion bill is likely delayed until after the October election.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Bill 38 would expand (MAiD) euthanasia in Québec by allowing euthanasia by advanced directive and forcing medical institutions, such as hospices, to participate in euthanasia. Bill 38 was originally slated to be pushed through before the October 3, 2022 election but it has now been delayed. The …

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Euthanasia by Advanced Directive – A recipe for abuse. 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. Catherine Ferrier who is a Montreal physician who specializes in gerontology, wrote an excellent article that was published in the Montreal Gazette titled: Advance Directives for assisted death a recipe for abuse. Ferrier begins her article by outlining the challenges faced for people with dementia: In …

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Portugal’s Parliament tries to legalize euthanasia again.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An Associated Press article by Barry Hatton that was published on June 9, 2022 explains that Portugal’s legislature is attempting its third time to legalize euthanasia in 18 months. On January 29, 2021 Portugal’s parliament passed its first euthanasia bill. On February 19, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa did not to …

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Japanese dystopian euthanasia film “Plan 75” 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Jurgen Hecker wrote a film review of the Japanese dystopian euthanasia film “Plan 75” that was published by Japan Today on May 22. “Plan 75” reportedly shook audiences to the core at the Cannes film festival. “Plan 75” responds to the aging demographic of Japan with a …

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Swiss Medical Association approves “tighter” assisted suicide guidelines   

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Swiss Medical Association has published new guidelines concerning assisted suicide for healthy people. According to the Swiss Academy for Arts and Sciences the new guidelines state assisted suicide for healthy persons is not medically and ethically justifiable according to the guidelines. Assisted suicide is justifiable in …

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Why expanding medical assistance in dying to ‘mature minors’ is wrong

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. Ramona Coehlo, a family physician in London Ontario and the Hon Graydon Nicholas, a member of the Wolastoqiyik Nation and a former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, wrote an insightful opinion article that was published in the Ottawa Citizen on May 11 on the issue of euthanasia …

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Assisted suicide is a cancer that is destroying authentic palliative care. 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Terry O’Neill wrote an excellent article that was published by the BC Catholic on May 12 titled: Assisted suicide is a cancer that is destroying authentic palliative care. Authentic palliative and hospice care does not hasten death.  O’Neill quotes key people including: Palliative-care expert Dr. Neil Hilliard …

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No clear guidelines in report concerning MAiD (euthanasia) for mental illness 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Final Report of the Expert Panel on MAiD and Mental Illness was submitted to Canada’s Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos and Justice Minister, David Lametti on May 6, 2022. Similar to previous “expert” reports the Expert Panel offers recommendations but few clear guidelines. Canada legalized euthanasia and …

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The truly awful cost of Canada’s permissive assisted death program 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada’s National Post published an excellent editorial on May 8, 2022 titled: The truly awful cost of Canada’s permissive assisted death program. The editorial begins with their warning in 2015: After Quebec became the first Canadian jurisdiction to allow assisted suicide in 2014, we warned that , …

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Euthanizing the mentally ill who lack supports is reprehensible 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Sabrina Maddeaux and Tristan Hopper have both written excellent articles challenging Canada’s euthanasia (MAiD) regime that were published in the National Post. Maddeaux focuses on the proposal to extend euthanasia to people with mental illness while Hopper examines the issue how MAiD is becoming an option for …

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Euthanasia is a runaway train in Canada. It’s time to hit the brakes. 

Euthanasia, in any form, opens a Pandora’s box of risk. By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Brian Bird, who is an assistant professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of B.C. wrote a Special article that was published by the National Post on May 4, 2022. Bird explains …

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